Rolling Stone - p.1413 stars out of 5
- "Taking Back Sunday are poster boys for the serial trysts and breakups of the emo love life."
Rolling Stone - p.152
Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "[Q]uite possibly one of the best emo records ever made."
Spin - p.106
"[I]t's powerful stuff and no sophomore slump." - Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly - p.80
"[T]he Long Island group hook up with ace producer Lou Giordano and strike rock-radio gold." - Grade: B+
CMJ - p.5
"[T]heir musicianship, songwriting and production are concise and polished enough to move them from emo-scene heroes to rock-radio mainstays."
Taking Back Sunday: Fred Mascherino (vocals, guitar); Adam Lazzara (vocals); Eddie Reyes (guitar); Matthew Rubana (bass guitar); Mark O'Connell (drums).
Long Island, New York's Taking Back Sunday debuted in 2002 with TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS, an album that encapsulated the more accessible side of the East Coast emo-core sound. The band garnered a loyal following by combining sparklingly clean production, a razor-sharp guitar sound, and vocals that mixed the youthful optimism and energy of pop-punk with rigorous self-examination. On WHERE YOU WANT TO BE, Taking Back Sunday improves on a winning formula by exploring more diverse arrangements while retaining the group's trademark melancholy forcefulness. On "Set Phasers to Stun," the ensemble cops a Police-like rhythmic vibe, while "New American Classic" is a moving acoustic ballad complemented by Nick Drake-like strings. On this sophomore outing, Taking Back Sunday shows it isn't afraid to venture into new sonic territory.